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Julio Salinas
Personal information
Full name Julio Salinas Fernández
Date of birth September 11, 1962 (1962-09-11) (age 47)
Place of birth    Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
1980–1981 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1981–1984
1982–1986
1986–1988
1988–1994
1994–1995
1995–1996
1997–1998
1998–2000
Bilbao Athletic
Athletic Bilbao
Atlético Madrid
Barcelona
Deportivo La Coruña
Sporting Gijón
Yokohama Marinos
Alavés
093 0(60)
068 0(13)
075 0(31)
146 0(60)
024 0(12)
054 0(24)
047 0(34)
050 0(12)   
National team
1983–1984
1986–1996
Spain U21
Spain
007 00(3)
056 0(22)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Julio Salinas Fernández (born September 11, 1962 in Bilbao, Basque Country) is a former Spanish-Basque footballer, during the 1980s and 1990s.

A tall, lanky centre forward with skills, Salinas is best remembered for his spell at FC Barcelona, while he was also a prolific goalscorer for club and country.

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Club career

In 1983–84, Salinas won the second division's Pichichi award, as he helped Bilbao Athletic finish runners-up to Castilla CF. During two seasons, he also played 13 games for the main side, netting his first top flight goal on March 26, 1983, in a 4–0 home win over Celta de Vigo, as the Basque captured back-to-back league titles (adding the 1984 Copa del Rey).

After two more seasons with Bilbao, netting 12 goals combined for two third-place finishes, Salinas moved to Atlético Madrid, where he netted an impressive 31 goals from 1988–90 (including two on February 7, 1988, in a 7–0 home thrashing of RCD Mallorca).

Salinas signed for FC Barcelona for 1988–89, linking up with several other Basque players, including veteran José Ramón Alexanko, Txiki Begiristain, Ion Andoni Goikoetxea and José Mari Bakero. These would help form the backbone of the legendary Dream Team. Salinas scored 20 league goals in his debut season, as Barça finished second to Real Madrid, and he also netted in both the 1989 Cup Winners' Cup final against U.C. Sampdoria and in the following year's domestic cup 2–0 win against Real Madrid.

In the subsequent seasons, Salinas appeared sparingly for the club, due to his aging and the emergence of offensive players as Hristo Stoitchkov. He would still manage to net some important goals in spite of limited playing time. On January 30, 1994, after coming in as a second-half substitute against Albacete Balompié, Salinas scored both goals in a 2–1 home win, as he only played in another six games during the season, with Barcelona eventually achieving four league titles in a row.

Upon leaving Barcelona, Salinas played for Deportivo de La Coruña, helping them finish second in his only season. Although not a regular in the starting lineups, he finished with 12 league goals, only surpassed by club great Bebeto. As a late substitute at the Camp Nou, on December 3, Salinas netted in a 1–1 draw (only months after leaving his former club), after a header from central defender José Luis Ribera.

After the signing of, among others, Russian Dmitry Radchenko, Salinas was deemed surplus to requirements, leaving for Sporting de Gijón, where he scored 18 goals in 1995–96, crucial in helping the Asturians avoid relegation. He was held in high regards in the city during his one 1/2 year spell, with the fans often singing: "Bota de oro, Salinas bota de oro!" (Golden boot, Salinas, golden boot!").

Salinas then had an abroad stint with Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, where he again showcased his scoring skills, teaming up with former Barcelona teammate Goikoetxea. He then returned close to home, having played his last two seasons with Deportivo Alavés, where he scored in 1999–2000's opener, a 2–1 home win against Málaga CF. Alavés finished sixth and would go on to reach the following year's UEFA Cup final.

On May 19, 2000, Salinas played his last professional match, scoring in a 2–1 loss at his first team, Athletic Bilbao. He retired with 417 games and 152 goals, in the Spanish first division alone.

International career

Salinas made 56 international appearances for Spain during a decade, scoring 23 goals. His debut was on January 22, 1986, as he scored in a 2–0 friendly win against the Soviet Union, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

He went on to represent Spain at three FIFA World Cups: 1986 (where he scored against Northern Ireland), 1990 (netting in the second-round loss against Yugoslavia) and 1994, as well as two UEFA European Football Championships, 1988 and 1996.

In the 1994 World Cup quarter-final against Italy, after he had found the net in a 2–2 draw against South Korea, Salinas infamously missed the chance to put Spain into the last four: with 1–1 and less than ten minutes to go, he marred a fast-break, with only goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca to beat. Minutes after, Roberto Baggio sealed the 2–1 final result, as the Spaniard was ultimately more remembered for this miss rather than the massive amount of goals scored during an 18-year professional career.[1]

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Post-retirement

Immediately after retiring, Salinas began working as a sports commentator, first in RTVE, then in La Sexta, covering the 2006 FIFA World Cup for the latter.

Personal

Salinas' younger brother, Patxi, was also a professional footballer (centre back), and played for Athletic Bilbao and Celta. Both made their top level debuts in 1982–83.

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Simple English

Julio Salinas
Personal information
Full name Julio Salinas Fernández
Date of birth 11 September 1962 (1962-09-11) (age 48)
Place of birth    Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1982-1986
1986-1988
1988-1994
1994-1995
1995-1996
1997-1998
1998-2000
Athletic Bilbao
Atlético Madrid
Barcelona
Deportivo La Coruña
Sporting Gijón
Yokohama Marinos
Deportivo Alavés
National team
1986-1996 Spain

Julio Salinas (born 11 September 1962) is a former Spanish football player. He has played for Spain national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la LigaTotal
1982/83Athletic BilbaoLa Liga7171
1983/846060
1984/85288288
1985/86274274
1986/87Atlético MadridLa Liga38153815
1987/8837163716
1988/89BarcelonaLa Liga37203720
1989/9034153415
1990/9133113311
1991/92177177
1992/93185185
1993/947272
1994/95Deportivo La CoruñaLa Liga24122412
1995/96Sporting GijónLa Liga38183818
1996/97166166
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League CupTotal
1997Yokohama MarinosJ. League 1262122533326
1998211300312414
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la LigaTotal
1998/99Deportivo AlavésLa Liga224224
1999/00288288
CountrySpain 417152417152
Japan 473422845740
Total 4641862284474192

International career statistics

[2]

Spain national team
YearAppsGoals
1986105
198720
198881
198941
199051
199100
199210
199387
1994127
199540
199620
Total5622

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